Meaning and Origin of Barry - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Barry

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : Spear thrower
  • Welsh : Son of Harry

Family name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Beargha ‘descendant of Beargh’, a byname meaning ‘plunderer’.
  • Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Báire ‘descendant of Báire’, a short form of either of two Gaelic personal names, Bairrfhionn or Fionnbharr.
  • English, of Welsh origin : patronymic from Harry, the medieval English vernacular form of Henry, preceded by Welsh ap ‘son of’. Compare Parry.
  • Variant spelling of Barrie 1.